Carers, why not take a break at garden party?

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A TEA party at The Hospice of St Francis will give carers the opportunity to take a break.

Put your feet up at St Francis will be next Friday (June 17) from 2pm to 4.30pm at its base - which is just off Shootersway in Spring Garden Lane, Northchurch.

There will be pampering, relaxation, and tea and homemade cakes during the event - which marks National Carers Week.

There will retail therapy opportunities including jewellery, plant and cake stalls and entertainment by a jazz band.

Polly Traxler, senior social worker at the Hospice of St Francis said: “Many carers experience a lack of understanding about what they do - some don’t even recognise themselves as carers.

“This can have an impact on their health, finances, working and social life, and general wellbeing.”

The hospice provides trained home volunteers for people within its catchment area to look after the needy while their full-time carers take a break.

Last year, home volunteers made 117 visits amounting to 229 hours.

The hospice also provides a monthly carers group, giving support and advice to those who need it.

To learn more and register interest in the tea party, call the hospice on 01442 869550 and ask for Ms Traxler.